CES 2019 Tech show isnt immune from government shutdown

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas, but even technology’s biggest trade event isn’t immune to the effects of the partial government shutdown.Organizers said Saturday that several scheduled government speakers have cancelled their travel plans. These include Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, and at least nine other federal officials.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is still planning to deliver a keynote talk Wednesday on federal initiatives to advance drone technology and self-driving vehicles.The technology extravaganza opens to attendees on Tuesday. Many large tech companies no longer exhibit at CES, but find other ways to make their presence known. Apple, for instance, has splayed a huge sign across a high-rise hotel overlooking the conference centre.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Turkey’s High Election Board Accepts Erdogan’s Appeal to Re-run Istanbul Elections

Rabat – On Monday, Turkey’s Higher Election Board announced its decision to re-run elections in Istanbul, after an appeal by Turkey’s ruling party, Justice and Development (AK), to rescind and re-run elections. The decision to re-run elections in Istanbul came hours after the Higher Election Board announced it was evaluating the Justice and Development Party (AKP) appeal. The appeal to re-run elections in Istanbul came shortly after Turkey’s main opposition party candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People Party (CHP), won the Istanbul Municipality in mid-April for the first time in 25 years. According to the Turkish electoral body, the election will be re-run in Istanbul on June 23, 2019.President Erdogan’s ruling party requested a new ballot, citing “irregularities” in the local elections of  March 31, 2019. “The parties have also filed appeals to annul results in two Istanbul districts, Buyukcekmece and Maltepe, over the same claims,” Reuters reported.Turkish Prosecutors investigated the alleged irregularities “which state-owned Anadolu news agency said resulted in 43 officials being linked to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen,” said the same source. Ankara has consistently blamed Gulen for a 2016 coup attempt.Read also: Turkey Wants to Arrest Mohammed bin Salman’s Allies for Khashoggi Murder read more

Joe Fresh baby sun hats recalled over fears of potential choking hazard

Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Health Canada has issued a recall on Joe Fresh brand baby sun hats because of a potential choking hazard.The government agency says the loop fastener on the hats, which come in a variety of colours and patterns, may detach and pose a choking hazard.The recall affects roughly 64,100 hats that were sold across the country between January and June 2019.FULL RECALL NOTICEHealth Canada says the company hasn’t received any reports of injuries, but advises people to stop using the products immediately.The hats were made in China and distributed by Loblaw Companies Ltd. at its stores including Shoppers Drug Mart, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods and Provigo.They can be returned to any Loblaw-branded store for a full refund. read more

Oil and container traffic pushes CN Rail to record revenues of nearly

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. generated its highest ever quarterly revenue and adjusted earnings per share, driven by sharp increases in crude-by-rail and container traffic.Canada’s largest railroad operator says net income rose four per cent year over year to $1.36 billion in the quarter ended June 30.On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share climbed 15 per cent to $1.73 — a record for the second quarter — compared to $1.51 during the same period in 2018.Analysts had expected adjusted diluted earnings of $1.65 per share, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Revenues rose nine per cent to a record $3.96 billion.Revenue from containers and petroleum and chemicals — its two biggest lines of business — rose 15 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively, to hit a total of $1.77 billion, roughly 45 per cent of total revenues.Companies in this story: (TSX:CN)The Canadian Press read more

EU recover the subisidies or else

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A two million euro fine has been imposed on Greece by the European Court of Justice for ignoring a 2005 order to take back millions in subsidies given to Olympic Airways. The court has also given the Greek government one month to recover the subsidies or face daily fines of 16 000 euros until it recovers the subsidies. The case is part of a long-running battle between the European Commission and the Greek government over support for the airline. At issue is 41 million euros of government subsidies to Olympic Airways as part of an unsuccessful restructuring, as well as an as-yet unaccounted for amounts of unpaid taxes, fees and social security contributions.last_img read more

Windows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC

first_img Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseToy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys Keeping the software on your computer up-to-date is an absolute must. It’s just too risky to go cruising around the Internet with unpatched vulnerabilities on your PC. Unfortunately updating isn’t always a trouble-free experience.For example, there have been plenty of buggy Windows updates over the years. The most troublesome caused show-stopping problems that rendered PCs unable to boot.There’s typically a way out, but fixing boot problems on a Windows system can be a complicated task. That may no longer be the case in the near future.A support document that was recently published shows that Windows 10 PCs could soon be able to repair the damage automatically. It’s titled “Why were recently installed updates removed?”The answer to that question: Windows 10 detected a startup failure, exhausted other automatic recovery options, and determined that the only way to get things back on track was to roll back the last batch of updates that were installed.Windows Latest shared this image of the notification you’ll see if Windows 10 has to perform the repair:Windows 10 will also freeze the problematic updates and postpone any attempts to re-install them for 30 days. Hopefully that grace period will give Microsoft (and its OEM partners) enough time to identify the problem and ship a revised update that won’t render your system unusable.This could help smooth out some bumps in the Windows Update process, and that’s a very big deal. Microsoft wants to make sure that every Windows 10 computer is always fully patched.Teaching Windows 10 to fix itself could help prevent users from becoming frustrated with the update process and deciding to pull the plug on Windows Update. That can be a very dangerous situation. All it takes is one vulnerable system to expose an entire network to a devastating cyber attack.More on HoloLens 2 Augments Reality AgainSkype’s Background Blur Hides Embarrassing EnvironmentsMicrosoft Is Finally Showing Notepad a Little Love Stay on targetlast_img read more

Terry confirms hell stay if Villa get promoted

first_imgJohn Terry, who recently turned 37, announced he would stay at Aston Villa if they succeed in returning to the top flight after the playoffs.A while back, he shared he would never play for a team in the Premier League and that his purpose is helping Aston Villa back to the top flight, but has now admitted he would extend his contract with his current team if they succeed, which they are pretty much guaranteed to do.“Initially it was a big decision for me to leave Chelsea and come to Villa but I have settled in very well and been welcomed,” Terry shared, according to Birmingham Mail.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It is in my contract (to stay) if we go up, and fingers crossed and touch wood we do, then I will be staying another year.”However, if they don’t get promoted after all, the former Chelsea and England captain will try coaching as he is currently taking a course for a UEFA A Licence.last_img read more

Kenai Watershed Forum Executive Director Resigns

first_imgBornemann will continue to work with the staff of KWF to ensure current projects will continue without interruption. “Bornemann has the history, knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm to excel in this role as we work through this transition period”, according to the board. “Sinclair is passionate about the KWF mission of “working together for healthy watersheds” on the Kenai Peninsula, and the Board thanks him for his service.” Branden Bornemann, long-time senior environmental scientist with KWF, has assumed the role of Acting Executive Director. During his tenure, KWF has launched some exciting new projects and continued with ongoing critical projects and efforts, according to a release from the Board of Directors. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The executive Director for the Kenai Watershed Forum has resigned from his position effective June 29. Jack Sinclair has been in this position since 2016. The Kenai Watershed Forum works collaboratively with community partners on watershed restoration projects and monitoring the health of the watersheds of the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

Study Looking Back at Celebrity Tribute Issues

first_img Caryn Klein, VP of strategy and insights at Time Inc., did not disclose specifics, but went on to say, “The Prince and Muhammad Ali tribute special issues were some of the highest selling issues year-to-date for Time Inc.” Brand new research from GfK MRI notes the passing of Robin Williams (29% above average), Muhammad Ali (28% above average) and Prince (25% above average) drove the highest readership averages, when compared to other issues. The research examined 112 magazine issues over the past eight years and focused on celebrities that were featured on at least three covers. “Commemorative issues engage with our audience in a visceral way,” a People spokesperson tells Folio:’s sister site, min. “[The] issues also serve as collectors’ specials that celebrate the lives of Hollywood legends.” The highest level of single-issue readership average were noted for People’s Dec. 29, 2014 Robin Williams issue; Sports Illustrated’s June 13, 2016 Muhammad Ali issue; and Rolling Stone’s May 19, 2016 Prince issue. All three achieved readership levels 40% above each brand’s average. Also notable was People’s September 28, 2009 Patrick Swayze tribute, which had a readership increase of 32%. There isn’t an apparent formula here, however. Michael Jackson, arguably one of the most famous pop culture icons in recent history, did not increase readership for most of the 21 magazines that featured him on their covers. In fact, cumulatively those issues saw readership levels decline by 5% against their averages. Entertainment Weekly got the biggest bump from Jackson, with its July 10, 2009 split-run collectors’ issue that saw a 12% increase in readership. Paying tribute to a recently deceased celebrity doesn’t guarantee high levels of readership for magazines. However, for some, the results have been meteoric.center_img People also points out that readership and engagement goes beyond the pages of its magazine. “The most recent example was the unexpected death of Prince on April 21, 2016,” the spokesperson says. “People’s coverage was multiplatform: we provided readers with breaking news, features, and video on our website, created two dedicated Snapchat editions, as well as several Facebook Live reactions with our editors as soon as the news broke. This culminated with the cover of People’s commemorative Prince issue — our biggest newsstand seller of 2016 to date.” Similarly poor results were also seen with Whitney Houston’s passing. Houston was featured on 10 covers, and the overall readership average for those magazines was down 1% overall. Essence netted the biggest lift, with a 17% spike in readership for its April 2012 issue. While there is clearly no way to predict which celebrity passing will drive the highest levels of readership, the GfK MRI research does indicate that entertainment magazines are most likely to benefit from tribute issues. Still, there are exceptions to that rule, especially when the tributes feature public figures, as opposed to celebrities. Steve Jobs’ passing in 2011 drove a 39% increase for Fortune in its November 7 issue. But the results were not so good for Rolling Stone, who saw readership fall 6% below average for its October 27, 2011 issue featuring Jobs on its cover.last_img read more

IndiGoowner Interglobes Q1 net profit falls 74 to Rs 591 crore

first_imgIndiGo Airlines owner Interglobe Aviation reported a 7.4 percent fall in net profit to Rs. 591.7 crore for the June quarter of financial year 2016-17 (FY 2017) on account of competitive fare price in India’s thriving airlines sector. Net profit in the corresponding quarter last fiscal was Rs. 638.8 crore.The company’s overall cost increased 17.5 percent to Rs. 3,994 crore from Rs. 3,399 crore seen in June quarter of 2015. Though fuel cost increased marginally by 1.5 percent to Rs. 1,367 crore, other costs shot up by 28.1 percent to Rs. 2,627 crore, according to the company’s financial statement.The low-cost carrier’s overall revenue, however, was 9.7 percent higher at Rs. 4,741 crore from Rs. 4,322 crore seen in the year-ago period. Revenues from operations grew 8.5 percent to Rs. 4,545 crore.Interglobe, on comparison with the previous quarter (March 2016), reduced its total debt by Rs. 458 crore to Rs. 2,785 crore. The debt was primarily aircraft related and not working capital debt.Aditya Ghosh, president and whole time director, said the company’s profitability was lower than that in the last year because of competitive pricing between airlines. He noted that the debt held by the firm was also reduced.India’s largest low-cost airline, IndiGo, carried 94.27 lakh passengers during the June quarter and had a domestic market share of 38.10 percent in the same period. With 109 aircraft in its fleet, the airline flew 811 daily flights to 40 cities (including international destinations).For a low-cost carrier which thrives on delivery through service, Ghosh said the airline “on-time performance has also improved to 85% for the quarter ended June 2016 compared to 80.6% same period last year.”InterGlobe Aviation’s earnings per share was Rs. 16.42 for the quarter. The company’s scrip on Monday traded 1.56 percent lower at Rs. 973.95, despite aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, prices falling 4 percent after rallying five months in a row.last_img read more

3 men killed in claimed gunfights

first_img3 men killed in claimed gunfights. Prothom Alo IllustrationThree people were killed in what the law enforcers call gunfights with them in Netrakona, Feni and Habiganj districts early Monday, reports UNB.Police claimed that a robber was killed in what law enforcers called a ‘gunfight’ with them in Mohanganj of Netrakona early Monday.The deceased is Lutfar Rahman alias Ripul, 40, son of late Abdul Motaleb Mia of Chanpur village of the upazila in the early hours of Monday.Mohanganj police station officer-in-charge Ansari Jinnat Ali said Ripul was arrested on Sunday afternoon and they launched a raid at night with Ripul at Noapara to recover the illegal arms.During the raid, Ripul’s accomplices opened fire on police. Police then retaliated, triggering the gunfight, he claimed.Ripul sustained bullet wound during the exchange of fire and was rushed to Mohanganj Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared him dead.Another man was killed in a claimed gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Dharmapur village in Sadar upazila in Feni in the small hours of Monday, reports UNB.The deceased is Anwar Hossain Raju, 25, who was allegedly accused in 10 cases, including rape, drug, arms and robbery, filed with Feni Model police station.RAB-7 Feni camp in-charge squadron leader Safayat Jamil said tipped-off, a team of RAB went to the area to thwart drug smuggling around 4:30am.Sensing presence of RAB members, drug smugglers opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight that left Raju injured.The injured was taken to Feni Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.In another incident what the police call a gunfight in Habiganj, a former ward councillor was killed at Magurunda village of Chunarughat upazila in the district early Monday, said UNB.The deceased was identified as Yunus Miah, 40, former councillor of ward No. 9 in Chunarughat municipality.Chunarughat police station officer-in-charge Azmiruzzaman claimed that on secret information that a gang of drug traders was trading Yaba, a team of police conducted a drive in the area early in the morning.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders attacked the law enforcers with sharp weapons, forcing them to retaliate that triggered the shootout, according to the police version.The gun battle left Yunus bullet injured.Later, the injured was rushed to Chunarughat Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Police said that Yunus had long been involved with Yaba trading.However, no versions of the extrajudicial killings were available either from any witnesses of the incidents or from any members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

28 inmates killed in Mexico prison riot

first_imgRelatives of inmates remain outside of Las Cruces prison in Acapulco, Guerrero state following a riot between prisoners which left 28 dead and three wounded, on July 6, 2017. AFPRioting inmates at a Mexican prison slit their rivals’ throats and beat them to death Thursday, leaving 28 dead in the latest explosion of violence in the country’s often lawless jails.Bodies were found strewn around the maximum-security wing, the kitchen, a prison yard and a conjugal visits area after the pre-dawn riot at the Las Cruces federal prison in Acapulco, said the security spokesman for the state of Guerrero.”The incident was triggered by an ongoing feud between rival groups within the prison,” the spokesman, Roberto Alvarez, told a press conference.It was the latest deadly riot in Mexico’s chronically overcrowded prisons, where corruption abounds, inmates often have de facto control, and contraband weapons and drugs are rife.The Guerrero governor has ordered an investigation of all prison staff, Alvarez said. State police have temporarily taken control of the prison, backed by federal police and the army, which set up a security cordon outside.Officials initially gave a death toll of five and indicated the riot was limited to the maximum-security wing. But the toll soared as police searched the rest of the prison.Three more inmates were wounded in the violence, Alvarez said.Guards said some of the victims had their throats slit, according to an internal state police report. It also said gunshots had been fired in the maximum-security wing, apparently by prisoners.There was a heavy security presence outside the prison, with soldiers and riot police encircling the compound and two helicopters hovering overhead.Dozens of anxious relatives had gathered, demanding news on their loved ones. Some shouted at police and tried to force their way through the wall of officers’ shields.Corruption, gangs, escapesThis was Mexico’s deadliest prison violence since 49 inmates were killed in February 2016 in a riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, in the northeast.Mexico’s prisons are frequently hit by riots, killings and jailbreaks. This year has already seen shootouts, fires and the escape of 29 inmates in the northern state of Tamaulipas.That is the same state where seven people were killed, including three police, when officers stormed the Ciudad Victoria prison in June to regain control from prisoners who had been stockpiling guns.In March, the son of Juan Jose Esparragoza, a founder of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, escaped from prison in Sinaloa, the northwestern state that is the cartel’s home base.And the cartel’s kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has made two spectacular prison escapes, one in 2001 and another in 2015. Recaptured in 2016, he was extradited last January to the United States, where he is being held in solitary confinement.Experts say organized crime networks often operate from inside Mexican prisons with the complicity of corrupt officials.After the Monterrey riot last year, authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen TVs inside, highlighting the control drug cartels had over the prison.Acapulco, a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has been hit by grisly violence between rival drug cartels in recent years.It is just one of the hotspots in Mexico’s war on drugs.The country has seen a wave of bloodshed in the past decade that has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing as drug cartels wage war on each other and Mexican security forces.last_img read more

Fusion of old youth a grand feat at Brigade rally

first_imgKolkata: The United India rally which was held at the Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday witnessed a perfect blend of old and new faces. Along with the veterans, there were a number of young Turks like Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani, Hemant Soren and Jayant Chowdhury who were heard with rapt attention. Addressing the gathering, Akhilesh said: “They (BJP) say we’ve a lot of contenders for PM’s post… we say people will decide who’ll become PM. As elections are approaching, you are forming alliance with the CBI and ED while we are forming alliance with the people of India.” Hardik Patel drew a comparison between the movement launched by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the present movement. Jignesh said the faster India can get rid of RSS-BJP rule, the better it is. Hemant Soren, Jayant Chowdhury felt to bring about “acche” din, “Modi should be ousted.” Tejashwi Yadav said BJP is letting loose Central agencies to stop those who are criticising them.last_img read more

TMC activist shot dead in Kultali

first_imgKULTALI: A Trinamool Congress activist was shot dead by unknown miscreants at Jalabaria in Kultali on Sunday.The deceased person has been identified as 42-year-old Surath Ali Mondal. Five unknown miscreants came on motorcycles and surrounded him when he was returning from the local market. They shot him from a close range and fled from the spot. Mondal was killed at the spot and police later recovered his body. Kultali Block Trinamool Youth Congress chief Ganesh Mondal said that Surath was an active worker of the party who was popular in his locality. This is what led to his murder, felt Mondal. Police are yet to identify the miscreants or determine the motive behind the murder. A detailed probe in this regard is underway.last_img read more

This Hugging Club has been a life saver for gay men in

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Some of the attendees at the Hugging Club of India. | Photo: Facebook/Umang Shethcenter_img The Hugging Club of India ran for six months and people from all walks of life attended the sessions in Mumbai and New Delhi.But the gay-friendly version of the club had a lasting impact on its members and provided a safe place to express themselves.Gay Bombay founder,  Umang Sheth, started the gay Hugging Club which referred five people mental health professionals. The group even managed to stop one man from taking his own life.‘The Hugging Club Of India completed six months. So far, we have taken five people to psychiatrists or counsellors, and have convinced and stopped one person from committing suicide. Our next meeting will be a workshop with a gay-friendly counsellor on May 20,’ Sheth told DNA India.Gay sex is illegal under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Even though that law is up for review in the Supreme Court, homophobia is still big issue in India, with many people living in the closet.Helping each other outThe Hugging Club meets every Sunday and for many is the first time they can talk openly about themselves. A ‘Hugging Club’ where people come together to talk has helped many gay men and even stopped some from taking their own lives. One man, Devdutt, told the group that as a 33-year-old single gay man he had face a lot of rejection. But his confidence grew and he was very proud of himself, even though it was a tough road.‘The memories of my parents boycotting and throwing me out of the home haunted me once again. Being gay and lonely hit me hard a few days back,’ he said.‘I’m glad that I am getting fitter and wiser every day.‘I met a guy who was confused about his sexuality, I spoke to him for an hour and made him comfortable. I was happy I could help him.’Nayeem Khan Rajput, recently went through a major life crisis and the Hugging Club helped him overcome his troubles.‘HCI (Hugging Club of India) not only helped me get through the tough time, but also helped me realise that I am not alone, there are many like me, and people have deeper troubles than me,’ he told DNA India.‘When I heard their stories, I was like I am not the only person suffering. This has helped me a lot.‘Now, whenever, I get into a depression, I talk to people. I recollect the stories and I have realised, that it helps. I have made friends via this club and we share our problems here.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Princess Cays added to select Carnival itineraries starting in May

first_imgTags: Carnival Cruise Line Princess Cays added to select Carnival itineraries starting in May Posted by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line ships is adding Princess Cays to six different itineraries beginning in May 2017. The private Bahamian island is expected to receive 40 calls in 2017 and 98 the following year.Operated by Carnival’s sister company, Princess Cruises, Princess Cays is located on the southern tip of the island Eleuthera in the Bahamas. It includes a 40-acre complex with a panoramic observation tower, bars, restaurants, clothing shops, souvenirs and artwork. A complimentary barbeque lunch is also served. A variety of shore excursions including dune buggies, glass bottom boat tours, and kayaking are available plus private bungalows and beach clamshells are for rent.Carnival says it’s adding larger and more efficient tenders to get guests ashore quickly and comfortably.Princess Cays will be featured on the following Carnival itineraries in 2017: select seven-day cruises aboard Carnival Pride from Baltimore; five-day voyages aboard Carnival Ecstasy from Charleston, S.C.; eight-day sailings on Carnival Conquest from Fort Lauderdale; five-day voyages on Carnival Elation from Jacksonville; four- day voyages aboard Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral; and four-day cruises aboard Carnival Sensation from Miami.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck“At Carnival, we’re always looking for new and exciting destinations for our guests and Princess Cays is a beautiful island paradise with gorgeous beaches and an array of ‘fun-in-the-sun’ activities that our guests will really enjoy experiencing on their vacation,” said Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line. For details see center_img Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Get that adrenaline rush as adventure awaits in Dubai

first_imgThere is no other destination that takes tourism as seriously as Dubai does. There is nothing that cannot be found in Dubai, be it food, drinks, nightlife, desert life, adventure, technology, infrastructure and so on. The list is endless. A part of all these was included in the itinerary of the recently organised FAM trip by Dubai Business Events for selected Indian travel agents and trade media to position Dubai as a MICE destination.In this issue, Travel News Digest will take you through some of the adventure activities that were done by the delegates who were a part of this FAM trip.Seawings Seaplane ToursSeawings offers seaplane air tours which take off from the sea to takes you through a scenic view of landmarks like Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm, World Islands and of course the widespread desert.Indian travel agents and trade media were a part of the FAM trip got an opportunity to experience Dubai from the sky.Seawings has access to over 24 destinations in the UAE and offers customised charter flights to MICE and corporate groups.IMG Worlds of AdventureDubai’s first themed entertainment park, IMG Worlds of Adventure is an indoor amusement park. It is divided into five epic zones – Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, IMG Boulevard and Novo Cinema.Opened in 2016, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest temperature-controlled indoor themed entertainment destination.IMG Worlds of Adventure is open year-round and every segment of visitors can include it in their itinerary as IMG offers something for every age group. Hence, MICE and corporate groups can include IMG in their itinerary.IMG Worlds of Adventure was one of the places included in the itinerary during the FAM trip and everyone enjoyed this amusement park thoroughly and got memories which will stay with them for a long time.Dubai AutodromeAnyone who likes driving would love to visit Dubai Autodrome not just once but every time you travel to Dubai. There are high chances of getting addicted to driving and racing at the Dubai Autodrome.FAM trip delegates experienced karting and one session is of 15 minutes. They provide karting suits, helmets, balaclavas and gloves for safety. Before going karting, one of the experts at Dubai Autodrome will conduct a small session on how to go about karting.Dubai Autodrome also offers customised events for companies and group as per their requirements.Located in Dubailand, Dubai Autodrome is FIA sanctioned 5.39 km motorsports circuit.last_img read more

First Mortgage Origination Balances Way Up In 2015

first_img Equifax First Mortgage Origination Balances New Loans Origination 2016-04-06 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination First mortgages totaled $1.82 trillion in 2015, which represents a 43 percent increase over 2014 originations, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report, released Wednesday.The report, looking at March numbers, also found that the total number of new first mortgages last year was 7.71 million, an increase of 31.6 percent over 2014. Amid these increases was a strong showing in lending to borrowers with subprime credit (those with credit scores below 620).According to the report, there were more than 83,000 new loans originated for borrowers with subprime credit in 2015, a year-over-year increase of 31.2 percent. In that same time, the total balance of new loans was $1.73 billion, an increase of 6.5 percent. Also, in 2015, 10.5 percent of all loans were issued to subprime-credit borrowers, a slight increase from the previous year’s share.The total number of new loans originated 2015 also was the highest level in more than seven years, and according to the report, 2014-2015 showed the third-highest percentage increase, for a calendar year since 2008.”We saw a nice jump in mortgage lending in 2015 that was driven by both rising home-purchase activity and solid refinancing volumes,” said Amy Crews Cutts, SVP and Chief Economist at Equifax. “While low interest rates are helping, continued gains in employment and consumer confidence are key.”That said, Cutts acknowledged that credit scores are still a major factor in lending.“What we are not seeing is any meaningful loosening of underwriting, at least with respect to credit scores,” she said. “The median credit score on new first mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 750 and 90 percent of first mortgage borrowers had a score in excess of 646. These values are essentially unchanged for the past three years.”Click here to view the full report. First Mortgage Origination Balances Way Up In 2015center_img Share April 6, 2016 587 Views last_img read more

FILE In this March 20 2015 file photo Attorney

first_img FILE – In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, speaks for his client, Marion “Suge” Knight, right, in a court appearance for a bail review hearing in his murder case in Los Angeles. Authorities say the high-profile Los Angeles attorney, Fletcher, has been arrested. Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida tells The Associated Press that Matthew Fletcher was arrested on a warrant Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Robyn Beck, Pool, File) 2 former lawyers of rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Two Los Angeles attorneys who represented former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight were arrested on warrants alleging they were accessories after the fact to a felony, authorities said.The attorneys, Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper, were arrested Thursday by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Associated Press. The warrants allege they were accessories after the fact to a crime, she said, without providing any additional details.Fletcher, 53, was arrested around 2 p.m. and was being booked at the county jail, officials said. Jail records showed he was being held on $1 million bail. No information was listed about Culpepper.In a court filing in August, prosecutors accused Fletcher and Knight of witness tampering in the rap mogul’s pending murder case. Transcripts of recorded conversations suggested the two had discussed fabricating testimony and Knight had tried to pay off potential witnesses with his lawyer’s help, the filing said.The alleged talks of bribery came in a series of recorded calls in 2015 between Knight, who was in jail and Fletcher, along with Knight’s fiancee and his business partner.Fletcher is one of several lawyers who has represented Knight, the Death Row Records co-founder, since he was charged with murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015, killing one of them. Knight has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial later this year.The people on the calls discuss payments of as much as $25,000 to witnesses to say the victims or others at the burger stand were armed at the time, bolstering Knight’s argument that he was acting in self-defence.In one call, Fletcher said he would “pay anything” to bikers who were at the scene.“If we can get the two or three versions from the bikers on tape and we can get … we’re done,” he said. “It’s going home time. Right? That’s a fair … investment, you know, 20, 25 thousand dollars.”After the court filing, Fletcher vehemently denied that he was suggesting bribing witnesses and said he was talking about bikers who may have had cellphone video that could be useful to the defence.The filing also included accusations that Culpepper had contacted a sheriff’s department informant and had agreed to pay for his testimony that he was present at the time of the crime and witnessed events that would favourable for the defence’s case.A text message sent to Fletcher’s cellphone Thursday night was not immediately returned and a woman who answered the phone at his law office declined comment and hung up without giving her name. A telephone message left for Culpepper was also not immediately returned.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at .center_img by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 8:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 3:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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